What a great idea! I will be watching for more bulletin board ideas and adding them to IAD in the future. I know Michal has some from previous Getty threads on her site that I can link to. I have saved a few myself over the years.
I just thought I would add... We made some large rolling display boards (finished dimensions 4" by whatever the door height was - I can't remember now - the just cleared the top of the door frame). 2x2's were routed out to receive a Homosote board (Homosote is a gray board that is made out of paper. It comes in 4'x8' sheets and is 1/2" thick... you can push pins into it with ease). "Feet" with casters were made from 2x4"s. I covered my boards with a tweedy textured wall paper (yes - a beige/grey tweed look). It was a good quality wallpaper - and didn't show the pin marks -- and could be washed easily if need be. It sure saved me a lot of time at art show time (and throughout the year). I didn't have to take time to cover the boards with paper - and the tweedy texture looked good with all colors of mat boards.
Now I wish I had saved the very detailed instructions I wrote out for them when the high school made some more for us....Drats - I just deleted all of that from my machine a few days ago...Silly me....I should just continue to save everything (ha-ha).
When I get some time to add this topic to the site - I will post the question to the lists. Thanks Janealla! Bulletin board ideas is a frequent topic on ArtsEdNet.
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Subject: Covering Large Bulletin Boards
I also have a huge bulletin board in my room. Many years ago, I bought wide grey tweed suit fabric for about $.99/yard at a fabric store and covered all the bulletin boards in my classroom. It is still there, and still looks great, whether there is art work up or not. If I want color, I put a colored paper behind each piece of art, or splash colored shapes randomly over the board before posting the art work. The board is wonderful for critiquing, as students can pin their work to the board, and we all sit back and discuss. It is also great for posting information about artists or things that relate to the lesson we are doing. I enjoy having this bulletin board, even though sometimes it seems a chore to keep up. Having it covered with fabric has saved me lots of time.